Insider Newsletter
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
September 2020

FREE Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer Available!

Does your business need PPE? The KV Chamber has masks and hand sanitizer available for our members! Please contact us at or by calling (207) 623-4559 so we can assist you with your needs.
Navigating PPP Forgiveness
with Amy Bassett, District Director of U.S. Small Business Administration

Wednesday, September 2nd | 10:00-11:00AM

FREE for Members | $5 for Public
Did your business receive PPP loan funds? The U.S. Small Business Administration is joining us to share how to navigate the PPP forgiveness process and what steps need to be taken to ensure the loans are forgiven. Additionally, SBA will be sharing information on SBA Loan and Technical Assistance programs. There will be time for Q & A so come with your questions!
A Zoom conference line will be emailed to member attendees after registering for the event. Attendees from the public must make the full payment prior to the event in order to receive the link to attend the digital event.
Thank you to our Chamber Connect Sponsor!
Crucial Conversations in the Era of COVID-19
with Patrice Putman, former attorney at Levey, Wagley, Putman & Eccher

Wednesday, September 9th | 12:00 - 1:00PM

$20 per person
KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 gift certificate to enjoy lunch on us!
COVID-19 has resulted in many hard changes. Loss of income, the inability to be with friends and family, the politicizing of masks, the possibility of a grave illness and even the possibility of death requires all of us to have hard conversations that we may feel unprepared for. This program will provide participants with a few Crucial Conversation skills that can help those hard conversations go a little easier and be a little bit more successful.
IMPORTANT: Attendees must make the full payment prior to the event in order to receive the link to attend the digital event. KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 chamber gift certificate from our Shop Local program to enjoy lunch on us from a participating member!
Thank you to our Women's Network Luncheon Sponsor!
Wednesday, September 23rd
5:00 - 7:00 PM | Augusta Country Club

Attendance is limited to 100
We are excited to invite our members to an in-person Business After Hours on Wednesday, September 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event will be held outdoors at the Augusta Country Club, 19 Hammonds Grove in Manchester, and attendance is limited to 100 people. At check in, KV Chamber staff will be checking temperatures. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4° F will be asked to leave. Attendees are also required to wear masks.

Due to the attendance limit, please do not RSVP unless you are certain that you will attend. When RSVPing, you will also be asked to review and sign a waiver.
Thank you to our Business After Hours Sponsor!
September 14th, 2020
The Meadows Golf Club
Team "Scramble"

Team spots still available!

Registration is $130 per golfer or $520 per foursome
Register as an individual or as a team!
Registration includes:
  • The Meadows swag and snacks
  • Greens fees
  • Cart rental
  • Lunch on the turn
  • Entry for closest-to-the-pin
  • Entry for hole-in-one
  • Entry for longest drive
Thank you to our Golf Sponsors!
Major Sponsor
Platinum Sponsor
Exclusive Cart Sponsor
Central Maine Power
Snack Sponsor
PERFORMANCE Food Service - NorthCenter
Beverage Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Skowhegan Savings Bank
Hole Sponsors
Augusta Natural Gas
Bangor Savings Bank
Blane Casey Building Contractor, Inc.
Brookewood Realty
Cross Insurance
D. R. Struck Landscape Nursery
Day's Jewelers
Free ME from Lung Cancer
G&E Roofing Co.
Ganneston Construction
Gibson LeClair, LLC
KV Federal Credit Union
Ledgehill Photography
PERFORMANCE Food Service - NorthCenter
Smart Eye Care
Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
Uncle Henry's
Vickerson Appraisal Services
Walton External Affairs
Welcome New Members!
Oliver & Friends Bookshop and Reading Room
Renee Cunningham, (207) 707-2123

Pure Cleaning Solutions
Nick West, (207) 380-7084
Member Anniversaries
40+ Years
City of Augusta | O'Connor Auto Park

30+ Years
Spectrum Generations | Super 8 Motel | United Way of Kennebec Valley

20+ Years
Fairway Motor Lodge | Kennebec Valley Community Action Program | Kenway Composites | Maranacook Schools | Salvation Army

10+ Years
Axell's Scandinavian Inn | Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley | Connected Credit Union | Lawson Property Services, Inc. | Mid Maine Generator | Rotary Club of Augusta | Sam's Italian Foods

5+ Years
Mill Park Petanque | Mitchell Tardy Government Affairs | PGT Public Affairs | The Gardiner Center for Stress Management

Also Renewing
Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration Inc. | Earthly Delights | Gowells Shop N Save Inc. | Green with Envy Salon | Hart Consulting | J.M. Arbour Wealth Management | Kents Hill School | Levey, Wagley, Putman & Eccher, P.A. | Maine Tourism Association | Quirk Ford | Seacoast Security | Staples | Winthrop Area Federal Credit Union
Chamber Member News
GHM Insurance recently was selected for The Hanover Insurance Group’s President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country. The Hanover’s President’s Club agencies are recognized for delivering outstanding value to their customers through their insurance expertise and responsive service. The Hanover partners with a select group of 2,100 independent agents nationwide. GHM was one of only 150 independent agencies recognized with this distinction.
Kennebec Valley Community College was awarded $1.69 million by the U.S. Department of Education's Student Support Services Program, part of the federally funded TRiO program. This grant allows for a five-year continuation of the College's own TRiO support services program that helps first-generation students and students with disabilities meet their academic and professional goals.
MaineGeneral Health's signature events — Cancer Survivors Day and the Walk for Hope — are now combined into one exciting Day of Hope. This fall, we invite you to walk with us and to join us for an inspirational ceremony — virtually — toward a Day of Hope on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Day of Hope is an opportunity for us to come together in spirit and walk toward the common goal of supporting the work of the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care. For more details, visit
Stained Glass Express is hosting the Annual Art Glass Festival on Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The festival is a day of fun for everyone of all ages and skill levels. Stop in anytime during the event or register ahead of time on their website: Only $15 per project. No experience necessary; beginners encouraged!
United Way of Kennebec Valley is kicking off its campaign by hosting a free, family-friendly drive-in at the Augusta Civic Center on September 16th. The featured movie is Disney’s UP to tie back to the theme of “Caring for Generations.” The event is open to the public but space is limited so we are requiring that everyone sign up in advance through EventBrite: Donations to UWKV will be accepted at the drive-in entrance and throughout the event. With any donation, you'll receive a complimentary movie snack pack, complete with popcorn, candy, and drinks. The following food trucks will be on-site: Pinky's D's Poutine, Salty Dog BBQ, and Ye Olde English Fish & Chips. All proceeds will benefit our 50 local nonprofit programs.
To submit Member News, send your press releases to:
KVCC Board of Directors
Alec Rogers, Chair*
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
Earl Kingsbury, Chair Elect*
Augusta Civic Center
Tim Walton, Vice Chair*
Walton External Affairs
Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer*
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Nathan Cotnoir, Past Chair*
Camden National Bank
Chuck Hays, Past Treasurer*
MaineGeneral Health
Cathy DeMerchant, Human Resources*
Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.
Katie Doherty, President & CEO*^
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

* Executive Committee  ^ Full -Time Executive

Karen Boston
Lipman & Katz, P.A.
Lori Dube
Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
Elisa Ellis, Special Counsel
Ellis Law, LLC
Sue Grenier
G&E Roofing Co., Inc.
Eric Jermyn
Cross Insurance Agency
Steven Marson
Central Maine Pyrotechnics
Stacey Morrison
Ganneston Construction Corp.
Richard Parkhurst
Stained Glass Express
Michele Pelletier
Performance Foodservice - NorthCenter
Lynn Quirion
Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Andrew Silsby
Kennebec Savings Bank
Eric Stinneford
Central Maine Power Company
Rebecca Wyke
University of Maine at Augusta
KVCC Staff

Katie L. Doherty, President & CEO,
Lindsay L. Corbett, Office Manager,
Kayla M. Tracy, Events & Membership Director,
Caroline A. Saban, Marketing Director,